Outdoor Club Coming Attractions

club bunny in snow: a stuffed rabbit sitting on a snowbank, banging a drum that says Outdoor Clubphotographersrainbow120 pxls: enthusiastic group on Mount Hoffman by William Chan 120 pixels: two paddlers on Leigh Lake morning 120 pixels.: two paddlers in a canoe on a lake in the morning with mountains behind

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain

quite pink sunset 120 pixels: paddlingintomistysunriseTet 120 pxl: NASA earth western hemisphere 120 pixels: NASA photo of earth western hemisphere from space

The De Anza College Outdoor Club is back in business and has permission from the college to go on the Grand Teton National Park between-summer-and-fall-quarter kayaking trip and the October Monterey kayak trip.

We will wear masks when / where required, and washing our hands regularly has always been a good idea. The college has not told us it will require vaccinations, but people already planning to go, as of July, have been fully vaccinated and are saying they only want fully vaccinated people in their carpools.

Carpools are arranged by individual students, not by the club or the college.

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

In the meanwhile we are leaving all our other trip webpages for reference, so you can make plans for adventures.

You can find answers to your questions about trips and lots of how-to-do-it info,
including for first-timers,
by looking through this website.

See the EVENTS CALENDAR below at this page for a list and links to all the details about each trip we intend to have (and some virtual events worth checking out).

Mary Ann snow camp 2008 120 pixels: sidegroupviewlembertdome120pxls: helping hand ocean kayak 120pixels:

HOW TO FIND US to get info you can’t find at this website or sign up for an event:

Places /times to find us:

Officers meetings are held as needed as the officers learn their work schedules, and when business needs to be completed.

Club meetings are not required, except for a meeting shortly before a trip for people going on the trip.
(Last signups for a trip, carpools / roommates / dining are arranged, we look at tents, waterproof rain gear to make sure they are okay, etc.)

Fall quarter 2020, we had a booth at Virtual Club Day at De Anza College Thursday, Oct. 1, noon to 3 p.m. and “social” meetings by ZOOM Wednesday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, November 18, Friday, December 18 and Wednesday 12/23/2020.

Winter quarter 2021, we had a booth at Virtual Club Day at De Anza College, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. and “social” meetings by ZOOM Friday, Jan. 22, Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, March 12.

Spring quarter 2021, we had a booth at Virtual Club Day at De Anza College, Friday, April 16th from 4 – 5:30 PM and “social” meetings by ZOOM Friday, Apr 23, Friday, May 14, and Friday Jun 18, 2021.


Summer quarter, 2021
we will do signups as described at the Grand Teton National Park kayaking adventure sample trip agreement page.


bear walking along fallen tree


Puuuuleeeeease note:
Sign ups go much faster when people read all the details about a trip before showing up. And often we have a quiz of safety rules you must pass to show that you understand the adventure.

You can’t just show up for an off-campus event and expect to participate without having signed up in advance in person and having paid in advance. If you are under 18 your parent / guardian must sign you up, in person, with you.

You can’t sign up on-line, by email or at this website, each student must appear in person to sign trip agreements/releases. Your friend or even your spouse can’t sign the required paperwork.

Signing up for off campus events will go faster if you have completed one of the releases in advance, go to: field trip release form.

It can take a lot of time to fill out all the needed paperwork, so if you show up at the end of the time slot, you might not be helped.

You always need to bring a photo ID and proof you are a De Anza student to be able to sign up for an event. (You can show us proof of your current enrollment at the Portal on your smart-enough phone.) Please read details of events at this webpage and at the individual trip webpages before you come to sign up.

You can’t sign up without paying for an event. If you pay for the trip before doing paperwork and then do not get the paperwork done and in the hands of the faculty advisor before the trip, you will not get a refund and can not just show up and try to participate.

We do not have waitlists.

Only currently enrolled De Anza students can go on club events.
Even though Foothill is in the same district, enrollment or employment at Foothill does not qualify anyone to go with us.

People who want to go on an event between quarters must have been enrolled the previous quarter, or already be enrolled in the following quarter.

Faculty are subject to various rules depending on whether they are full time, ten month, part time, on sabbatical or Article 19 and should contact the club advisor well in advance of an event they want to participate in.

The Outdoor Club is a completely volunteer organization, neither the officers nor the advisor(s) are paid. As a result you will not get the same ‘service’ from us as from a professional group.

We can’t always find a way to sign up people who can’t make it to our regular meetings, to a class when we are there, or to a table we have on campus. If none of the times we have available for signups are convenient for you, we don’t have enough people to be able to meet personally with you and sign you up.

People who wait until the last minute to sign up are sometimes left out.

couple on tetons trail: couple walking together on a trail with hills in backgroundraftbelowyosefalls 120 pxls: thinkingaboutswimminginMayLake 120 pxls: nps photo full moon and hills 120 pixels: full moon and three rows of hills

threepeoplein inflatable kayak 120 pxls: groupwaterfalltuol120pxls:

spring2006flyingoffthesurfb120 pixels: fourgirlssurfing120pxls: pushing Thad off a rock unknown photographer: two people pretend to push another off a huge rock

Pictures from some of the most recent events and/or volunteering:

Yosemite winter trip 2020

Monterey ocean kayak day trip October 2019

Monterey ocean kayak day trip May 2019

Yosemite winter trip 2019 with bear paw prints in the snow

Outdoor Club Monterey kayak trip October 2018 We saw a whale but did not get a camera out in time!

May 2018 Monterey kayak adventure

2018 Yosemite winter trip

fall quarter 2017 Monterey ocean kayak day trip

2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Grand Teton National Park

2017 Monterey Bay kayak spring break trip

Yosemite snow camp February 2017

De Anza College Monterey kayak trip October 2016

Yosemite winter camping 2016

Yosemite winter camping trip 2015

Grand Teton trip 2014 video by Jennifer Chiou


monterey kayak March 2014

2014 Yosemite winter trip

two bears walking




De Anza clubs can’t carpool anywhere for awhile if we keep up safe social distancing, but we can visit places together virtually, so the first few listings are virtual BUT look for in-person events we have scheduled farther down this page.


First, the virtual “events:
The De Anza College Outdoor Club invites you to another virtual birding lesson. This time of the year hawks and other raptors migrate through, and all year some raptors live here.

Some of them are the same ones we will see when we go to Grand Teton National Park on our between-summer-quarter-and-fall-quarter adventure.

During the free lesson, Friday Nov. 6 noon-1:15 p.m. we will “Learn to identify raptors on the coast and in the Santa Cruz mountains during the migration season.

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust, as we learn about birds of prey this fall with local Naturalist Jeff Caplan. Raptors play an integral role in the health of our ecosystems! Learn how to identify migratory and resident raptors when out on the coast or hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains. Jeff focuses on mindfulness, curiosity and bird language to help people from diverse backgrounds feel safe and connected in nature. This basic birding webinar will be great for all ages, especially kids and adults ages 12 and up!

All registrants will receive the access link prior to the event.”

Register for free (we just love that word “free,”) at:


Three miles south of Los Gatos, above Lexington Reservoir, Bear Creek Redwoods was a “desirable South Bay property that was once slated to become a golf course and luxury estates.” It is now an open space preserve.


The Outdoor Club invites everyone to join us to learn about local birds (bird watching with a free lesson by an expert).

Bird Language of the Bear Creek Redwoods.
Join this FREE online class, Friday, July 17 from 12-1pm. . . . tools and tips for identifying and connecting with common birds you might meet in the redwood forests. . . focus on mindfulness, curiosity and bird language.”

sign up at:

The Peninsula Open Space Trust says: “Jeff Caplan has more than 30 years of experience as a naturalist and a teacher of communication skills. He has lead workshops in Yosemite through the University of California as well as internationally in Malaysia, the Galapagos and in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador. His Bird Language Workshops help participants cultivate a common language for connecting more deeply with nature and birds.” ​


Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is offering another FREE bird watching lesson. The lesson will be virtual, so everyone can come along with the De Anza College Outdoor Club on Friday, Sept. 25 from noon- 1 p.m.
See below for a link if you want to do a hike there after the bird watching lesson to check out what you learned.

“Local Naturalist Jeff Caplan is back with a new class to teach us how to ID and connect to birds and their habitat for your next visit to Windy Hill. Whether you’re a regular at the preserve or planning your first visit, Jeff will teach us how to connect with birds of this grassland and forest habitat. Jeff focuses on mindfulness, curiosity and bird language to help people from diverse backgrounds feel safe and connected in nature. This free basic birding webinar is great for all ages, especially kids and adults ages 12 and up!”
sign up at: https://openspacetrust.org/event/birds-of-windy-hill/

“Windy Hill is a 1,335 acre preserve located in the Town of Portola Valley. . . . its distinctive grassy hilltop is iconic to the Peninsula and an ideal spot for kite flying. Hiking trails take visitors through grasslands and well as oak, fir and redwood forests. This preserve is popular among dog-walkers, equestrians and cyclists. The wide Spring Ridge Trail is suggested for hikes”. . . dogs are not allowed on all the trails . . . and “Hang gliding, paragliding, and remote control gliding are allowed by obtaining a special activity permit. ”

Check trail conditions and download a map at: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/windy-hill


Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is offering another FREE bird watching lesson. The lesson will be virtual, so everyone can come along with the De Anza College Outdoor Club on Friday, January 8, 2021, from noon- 1 p.m.

“Local Naturalist Jeff Caplan is back with a new class to teach us how to ID and connect to birds and their habitat for your next visit to Bair Island, part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the SF Bay. Whether you’re a frequent wetland visitor or planning your first hike on the island, Jeff will teach us how to connect with birds of this baylands habitat. Jeff focuses on mindfulness, curiosity and bird language to help people from diverse backgrounds feel safe and connected in nature. This free basic birding webinar is great for all ages, especially kids and adults ages 12 and up!

All registrants will receive the access link prior to the event.

Register at:

the registration page has a link to info about going to Bair Island.



And here, our usual list of coming attractions:


Whenever a club member can be found to organize it, and the weather is good enough that it is not too hot and/or the trails are not too muddy and a faculty member can be found to attend, horseback riding in Saratoga, a few minutes from the campus. A “guided horseback ride through Cooper-Garrod Vineyards and the Fremont-Older Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains facing San Jose… trails wander through vineyards and oak chaparral forests teeming with wildlife … at a thousand foot elevation, featuring the spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and Santa Clara Valley.”

riding by Wendy Sato:


getting back into a kayak photo by Sumana Praharaju: woman in a kayak gives a hand to another woman trying to climb in

(almost every quarter) likely on a Saturday, starting again when the Centers for Disease Control and the State of California rules say it is okay,
first-timer’s kayaking/canoeing lesson

Olympic sized pool with kayaks from above:

at the De Anza pool, for a couple of hours, with the actual kayaking (and races?) for an hour or so. $15 club members, $25 non-members. $15 will be credited towards a future trip within one year for those who help with the chores until all the work is done (re-loading kayaks/gear on to the trailer, swimming back lane lines, etc.) which can take until an hour or two or even three after the lesson if it coincides with a swim class.

Alexander balances as Troy climbs in:

read details at:
kayaking / canoeing lessons

IF we have enough kayaks (without knowing you want to paddle), you can show up for this without signing up in advance, but be sure to bring proof you are a currently enrolled student (you can show us at the Portal on your smart-enough phone) and bring cash to pay for it.

If you want to just watch the lesson you can do so for free from up in the pool bleachers.

See HOW TO FIND US at the top of this page, to sign up.


Active Assailant Training (Run Hide Defend presentations) will be announced here when I get the dates.

Conference rooms A and B are upstairs in the Campus Center.

A closed-captioned version of the active shooter “RUN / HIDE / FIGHT” video is at:


in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fgwh34h7D4&feature=youtu.be

in Vietnamese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FPJLOWvbvw&feature=youtu.be


For your info, but not a club event every year: The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite are usually put back up in May, conditions permitting. Permits are required 7 days a week when the cables are up. The pre-season lottery application period for permits usually begins March 1 , and ends March 31. See https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm They were taken down Oct. 14, 2020. Also see advice, photos and maps about the hike to the top of Half Dome.


March 20, 2021
The New York Times: “The vernal equinox is one of two points in Earth’s orbit where the sun creates equal periods of daytime and nighttime across the globe. Many people mark it as the first day of the spring.” Here is what it looks like from space.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021 total lunar eclipse. Totality 4:11-4:25 a.m. Maximum 4:18 a.m. The full moon will turn dark red.



Once or sometimes twice a year, but at least spring quarter, surfing lesson by professional instructors. Soft long board and wetsuit rental included. Almost everyone who takes the lesson has never surfed before and has a blast.

surfing practice on beach june 2008: surfing practice: We practice standing up on boards on the beach before we go out.

Details and lots of pictures are at: surfing lessons

Cost might be the same as last year:

$85 for club members or $90 other students, the usual rate for a lesson, with a credit towards a future trip within one year of $5 for members if we get 9 or more paid signups who attend the event on time.

(The trip will be canceled if we don’t get at least 5 signups.)

No refunds for no-shows or people who arrive after the lesson has started, or who are late and can’t find us if we need to move to another beach because of water conditions or lack of waves. Interesting weather (rain, etc.) does not cancel Outdoor Club events.

You must sign up and pay in advance. Cost includes instruction, wetsuit and soft long board rental.

We’ve done this for over a dozen years. Some people really don’t stand up and surf, but everyone at least gets a few rides kneeling. The instruction is excellent and a lot of laughs. We start with a full lesson on the beach, including surfing right-of-way, etiquette, surf break awareness, wave formation, and practice standing up/proper stance on the boards.

Then the instructors go out in the water with us and help people who need it.

Christine Schuhe Cecilia Lee surf:

Yes, you will fall off the board numerous times, but so will everybody else.

girlwipeoutoct2003 120 pixels:

If you can’t figure out on your own how to stand up on the board, some of the instructors are able to balance on a moving surfboard while helping you to stand up on your surfboard:

surf lesson help standing:

To participate in the surfing lessons you must pass a swim test (or show us a lifeguard card or scuba card that proves you can swim in deep water). Details of the swim test are at: surfing lessons

Times to take the swim test (at the De Anza pool, ask for Mary Donahue) and sign up for the surfing lesson will be Saturdays spring quarter, dates to be determined ,IF we have any space left on this adventure by then) 10 – 1:15 ish p.m. if we have a spare lifeguard to watch you: (PLEASE note the club advisor’s swim classes will be in session so you might have to wait for a few minutes.)

HOW TO FIND US at the top of this page, to sign up for an event


June 29, 2021
New York Times: The Summer solstice is “the scientific start to summer in the Northern Hemisphere, when this half of the world tilts toward the sun. Read more about the importance of the solstice for life on Earth here.


2 moose

As of July 31, the 2021 trip for kayaking in Grand Teton National Park is full and closed to any more signups. We will put details about the 2022 trip here closer to the date, which will likely be mid-August to early September.

55 pxl moose silhouette: moose silhouette August 16 – Sept. 1, 2021 +/- (more or less), Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, trip

sign canoe launch: We will have four or five or six official kayaking days suitable for beginners and plan to do a short to major all-day (your choice of distance, with or without a Ranger Naturalist), hike into Cascade Canyon. Most trip participants usually do all the standard Grand Tetons sightseeing and museum tours. Some have gone white-water rafting or on a horse-back ride on their own.

We plan for the kayaks and gear to be transported to the park. (Rentals can be $50 for 24 hours. If we kayak part of only four days we save $200 per boat.)

The De Anza Outdoor Club trip to Grand Teton National Park is yearly between summer quarter and fall quarter.

Participants can stay for a short, long or much longer trip; for a long weekend or many weeks. Usually people go to Yellowstone National Park as well. Some have driven home through many states and visited many National Parks.

Very early morning flat water kayaking, with no experience necessary for at least one of the destinations. Some early starts (up at 5 a.m.) to be able to see animals.

tetons sunrise reflection in ripples misty: canoeists see moose on island:

OutdoorClubgroupphoto2011raft 150 pixels: white water rafters, some with their paddles

Unlike most mountain ranges which have foothills, the Grand Teton range is fronted by vast expanses of land dotted with intimate-sized or massive lakes, then the mountains abruptly rise from the plain. They are rugged and craggy with some snow and glaciers on top year ’round.

The first aspen will be turning yellow, enough for some great pictures. Hawk and other bird migrations going through.

Probable sightings of elk, bison, pronghorn (can run 30 mph for 15 miles with spurts up to 70 mph), moose (7 feet tall, 9 feet long with 5 feet wide antlers), American white pelicans. Possible sightings of great blue herons, trumpeter swans (8′ wingspan; mate for life), Canada geese “v”s, northern river otters (we saw seven while out kayaking in 2002 & 2003, four stealing a fish from a Bald Eagle in 2004, a different three on a 2008 hike and yet another four playing along the river while we paddled in 2010), deer, coyotes, beavers or muskrats.

Elk bugling (a low bellow followed by a higher-note-than-the-first-soprano-faculty-advisor-can-reach whistle that carries a long distance) will be starting in early September, with the largest bulls amassing harems and the younger ones trying to. We’ve heard coyotes and even wolves when out in the early morning or evening.

swimminginStringLake400pixel: a group of people in swimsuits and wetsuit standing in a mountain lake, reacting to a joke

There will be quite a few nights when the moon rises a couple of hours after sunset, giving us a dark sky for great stargazing. (For many people on this trip it is the first time they have seen the Milky Way.) There will be no moon on August 8, 2021 and a full moon on Aug. 22, 2021.

We have a limited number of kayaks, so it’s first-signed-up, first dibs on a kayak. Unless we have a small turnout, you must share a kayak. If we have a huge turnout, everybody can’t be out at once unless the late signups rent craft in Wyoming.

The answer to the question WHY ARE THERE SO MANY RULES? is here.

People must sign up in person in advance . The trip agreement, which you must read before you come to sign up, can be read at Grand Teton trip sample trip agreement.

bearoutsidecabinatColterbay120 pixels: black bear standing outside of a cabincolter bay cabin interior: colter bay cabin interior with two double bedsSometimes people stay in a cabin,

sometimes they camp.

Think you can’t afford this trip? Think again, and read Grand Tetons trip cost, it has examples of

The cheap trip,

The not-so cheap trip,

The slightly more costly trip, but less driving time,

also known as the I-can’t-get-much-time-off-work trip,

and The Expensive Trip.

Paying for the trip is not as easy as before, because De Anza Student Accounts does not have an office on campus open. Everyone who does all the paperwork to sign up will need to get a money order for their trip payment from the Post Office, a Walmart or (your bank if it is low cost for you) and mail it in to De Anza Student Accounts in time. Because of this,
there will be a deadline to sign up that we have not yet determined but will be posted at the trip agreement page.

photo by Peter Ye Ethan Wilkie jumps into lake solitude: man jumps from granite rock into lake

Grand Tetons trip pages index has brief descriptions of most of the pages about this trip.

Grand Tetons is the main trip page with all the planned activities and links to other (not club sponsored) activities, such as climbing, galleries, white water rafting, trail rides, restaurants, rodeo, backpacking…

HOW TO FIND US at the top of this page, to sign up for an event


poster says protect your happy placeWe have no plans for the club to officially volunteer at the California Coastal Cleanup day but you could take a look at:


The 37th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9am-Noon, at beaches and waterways throughout the state.


National Parks offer free entrance on
• September 25, 2021: National Public Lands Day

Please double check at the website for the park you want to go to to be sure this is still true for that park. You will still need to pay for campsites, tours, etc.



Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 (or if weather cancels Oct. 17, then Oct. 24 as a back-up date).
8 a.m. Monterey bay ocean-style kayak day trip.

Regular price for rentals is $30, (for a tour $60) in 2011/2012/2013/2014/early 2015/Oct. 2015, spring break 2016, Oct. 2016, spring break 2017, Oct. 2017, May 2018 and Oct. 2018, May 2019 we went for $27 for Outdoor Club members, $30 other students, and will probably have this price again in July 2021.

A great beginner’s trip, with a lesson beforehand.

We do easy launching at the harbor and practice paddling in the calm water of the harbor before going out along Cannery Row and paddle at least a mile to in front of the aquarium. We’ve always seen sea lions and often see seals and otters. Optional hikes at spectacular Point Lobos reserve afterwards.

Most people use a single (one person) kayak, but there are also tandem (two person) kayaks. These are the kind of kayaks you sit on top of, not the kind you get your legs stuck in, so no special training or experience is required. People who know in advance who they would like to share a tandem with should sign up for one; if there are others available that day you can form partnerships when you get there.

ocean kayak april 2007 group photo 168 pixels: ocean kayakers in Monterey:

After kayaking: we usually have pot-luck snacks. There are restaurants, but they take awhile to get food, and then we’d run out of time for other activities. Most years we plan a short walk (.8 mile) and a moderate hike (1.4 mile) at spectacular Point Lobos State Reserve, about 7 miles south.

Point Lobos cypress cove:

Or you could bring/rent bikes or roller blades and use the shoreline city trails made especially for pedestrians and bikes.

It would be wise to read a bunch of other details (including what to wear) and rules about the trip before signing up.

Logistics and oooodles of how-to-do-it pictures are at:

Monterey ocean kayak day trip

See HOW TO FIND US at the top of this page, to sign up.


National Parks offer free entrance on

• November 11, 2021: Veterans Day

Please double check at the website for the park you want to go to to be sure this is still true for that park. You will still need to pay for campsites, tours, etc.


The following has had De Anza students and faculty attend it, but not enough people to make it an official club event. Yosemite National park has a winter bird count that anyone can participate in. People take walks in various parts of Yosemite with at least one expert birder. Yup, you will need to get up early for this dawn to dusk project. When I participated in one I saw my first Pileated woodpecker.


has details of the Dec. 19, 2021 project and the link the register in advance with the Yosemite Christmas Bird Count Organizer.

Historic highlights include:

A record 1,100 band-tailed pigeons counted in 1971
A record 560 mountain chickadees in 1972
A record 483 golden-crowned kinglets in 1953
Two rare hooded mergansers spotted in 1940
Great gray owls observed during five different annual bird counts


We are confident in being able to go Jan. 28 to 30, 2022, on the THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL Yosemite Valley winter trip.

crowded tent 2005 five: crowded tent snow 2005 three:

Tent pitching lesson (if you will not rent a tent-cabin, cabin or hotel room, you could bring the tent you intend to sleep in on the Yosemite trip), on a Saturday, in January 2022 likely 11:30 to noon or possibly as late as 1 p.m. (less time if there are fewer people) at the pool deck area.

This is also a good time to get questions answered about the Jan. 28 to 30, 2022, the THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL Yosemite Valley winter trip.

Take a look at: How to pitch the Cabela eight-person tent

and for a laugh:

an eight person tent holds this many campers


Look here closer to the 2022 trip for details.
Jan. 28 to 30, 2022, will be the THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL Yosemite Valley winter trip.

on a Saturday shortly before the trip, at the pool, will be the mandatory pre-trip meeting and last chance to sign up for the Yosemite trip . . .

Usually one of our biggest trips. People choose activities they want, including early morning hikes, long hikes to viewpoints above the valley or to the top of one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, snowboarding/skiing (lessons and/or rentals), Ranger nature walks, Ranger snowshoe walks, photo walk with a professional photographer, ice skating, snow sculpture building. The weekend ends with optional brunch at the Ahwahnee hotel. Rain? Snow? Sleet? Sunshine? – the trip website has details of how to be prepared for any weather.

Many years we have people who have never been camping before and/or have never been in the snow. (So they’ve never been in a snowball fight, either. Okay, yes, all activities are optional, including snowball fights.)

Snow camp group photo 2005 120 pxls: yosemitewinter2007106 pix: group photo 2012 snow camp: people standing in rows in the snow with their backs turned to the camera

groupphotowinter2004106 pxl: snowgroupwhatyear106pix: snowcampgroupphotoone106 pxl:

a bunch of people crowded in to a tent

group photo winter 2010: group photo in a snowy Yosemite campsite winter 2010 groupphotoYosemitewinter200 120 pxl: group photo 2014 Yosemite winter trip: 30 people in rain gear sitting or standing on a picnic table in a Yosemite campsite

Who will go on this trip?

We have had small and large groups (as many as 30 or 40 IF people sign up early and spread the word).

We always have people who have gone on the trip, done the hikes, etc. before, (even more than one year before).

clearingsnowofftable120 pxls: Deepakpitchingtentsnowcamp: snowboarding2004120 pxls: snowcampfire2005byColinUnderwood 120 pxls:

2022 WINTER YOSEMITE TRIP COST paid to the Outdoor Club might be the same as 2020, 2019 and 2018: $10 Outdoor Club members, $20 other students.

Other costs to plan for, not covered in your payment to the club, include your overnight accommodation


wood-walled cabin without a bath, canvas walled/roofed heated or not tent cabin, wood walled cabin with a bath

Hotel room with a bath

FOOD, GAS, potential meals eaten at restaurants (including optional brunch), a little change for the laundromat to dry some damp clothes, ski/snowboard costs (there are rentals and lessons at the Yosemite ski resort), ice skate rentals and/or ice rink fee, postcards, t-shirts and other souvenirs. You can rent winter boots at home before the trip.

You will need to pay the park vehicle entrance fee OR better yet, find someone to carpool with who already has a (National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands) Interagency annual pass. (If you also go on the club late summer Grand Teton National Park trip it could be wise to get a year long pass.)

OR find someone who is a U.S. military dependent and has their Dependent ID Card (form 1173) and can get a free national parks pass http://store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html

(The passes can’t be transferred/shared, the pass holder needs to be in your vehicle and show a photo ID.)

If you are riding in a carpool bring your share of gas, park entrance fee, etc. money.

Half Dome Jan 14 2005 NPS:

photo above of Half Dome and meadow in January is from the National Park Service.

For details about the trip including potential overnight accommodations, links to ski/snowboard/ice skate/photo walk info, lists of gear to bring, first-timer’s instructions, carpool info/chains/driving directions go to: Snow Camp

Don’t forget – when you sign up you must show us your rain gear (hooded waterproof rain jacket and pants, not just a poncho) and explain what you are doing about boots, tent and sleeping pads/sleeping bag. It could be a good idea to pitch your tent at the pool deck during one of the meetings and have us look at it.

People must sign up in person in advance .

The club advisor does not have the time to answer questions about the trip that you could have found the answers to by reading ALL the Yosemite winter trip webpages thoroughly and carefully.

And you will have an adventure that is much more fun if you really understand everything before you sign up. Please also read the info at the trip agreement link before coming to sign up so the signup can go faster.

HOW TO FIND US at the top of this page, to sign up for an event


The Outdoor club will not make plans to see the Total Solar Eclipse, April 8, 2024. But we really recommend that you try to see one someday. The club went to Grand Teton National park in Wyoming for one, see pictures here.



When the Karate Club plays paintball, outdoors, Outdoor Club people join them.

date to be announced Up in the Santa Cruz mountains, off highway 17, only 3.8 miles up Bear Creek Road, at Los Gatos Pursuit Paintball. Directions are at the link below. Please read all of this as there are things you have to do before the trip if you want to go.

Carpools and caravans are on your own, neither the Karate club nor the Outdoor Club arranges carpools.

This info is from the Karate Club from a previous trip (prices updated the next time we go with them):

“Gates open at 8:30am, reservations are held until 9:30am and they close at 3 p.m.

Fees & other info (please note these can change faster than this webpage can be updated):

Rental players will pay $45 (or to be announced) per person which includes the admission, a rental mask, a rental harness to carry extra paintballs, rental of the paintball gun, 500 paintballs and all day air fills. Each of the guns has an air tank on the back which needs refills throughout the day. The 500 paintballs may last some of the players all day. It varies with each individual so there is no positive way to know. If any one runs out of paint they may purchase more at our field. All rental players are required to shoot paint purchased at our field.

Self-equipped players will pay $25 (or to be announced) for their admission. They will need to pay for all of their air refills throughout the day (or pay $10 for all day). Self equipped players may bring their own paint as long as the fill of the paint is not pink or red.

LGPP accepts cash as well as Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Players under the age of 18, are required to have their parents sign their waiver. If parents will not be present on the day of play they may print a waiver from the LGPP website http://losgatospursuitpaintball.com and send it signed with their child.

All players are required to go through a safety orientation in the morning (even if they have played before). There is typically break a for lunch somewhere between 12:30pm and 1pm. Players may either bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from the field. Players are not allowed to bring grills barbecues. NO ALCOHOL. There are hot dogs, polish dogs and chicken for sale as well as water, candy, chips, soda and gatorade (items range in price from $1 to $4 each).

Players should wear old, comfortable clothing such as old jeans or sweats and a long sleeve shirt or shirts. Some people wear sweatshirts or long sleeve t-shirts. Wear hiking boots or cleats or tennis shoes as well as baseball hats turned backwards to protect the back of the head.

All De Anza students need to fill out a field trip waiver prior to the game. Details of how to get one are at: release form .

If you are planning on attending you MUST contact Karate Club advisor Pete Rabbitt no later than (date to be announced) to reserve your spot.




long line of wave breaking






We do not know what summer trips we can do at places that require reservations for campsites until we try to get campsites, (and they can be difficult if not impossible to get for a large group) but previous summers included:


On a Saturday some late summers, a day trip to Meek’s Bay on Lake Tahoe. $10 club members, $20 other students.

meeks bay beach: sandy beach on Lake Tahoe with a bit of a deck in the foregroundPhung and Dziem kayak lake tahoe unknown photographer: Two women in a kayak on Lake Tahoe

Howard Mok stand up paddle board unknown photographer: smiling man on a stand up paddleboard on Lake TahoeChris Throm and Jennifer Chiou sailing photo by Alpana Shekar: guy and gal in an ocean kayak with sail kit

Lake Tahoe (22 miles long, 12 miles wide), is one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world, with an astounding water clarity. The lake is various shades of intense blue and peaks surrounding it are often snowcapped year ’round.

We will hang out on a huge white sand beach next to a swimmable bay on the clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Volleyball net up on the beach. We intend to bring the club owned ocean kayaks/paddles/lifejackets, a sail kit for one of the kayaks, a stand-up paddle board and a canopy or two or three or four for shade. You bring the pop-up chair if you want to spend a lot of time reading a book and finally unwinding before fall quarter starts. If people bring bikes and try the Flume Trail before joining us in the afternoon at the beach or do a hike into the Desolation Wilderness, or if someone brings/rents a ski boat… these extra activities are not a club event, but we sure would like you to wear bike helmets and lifejackets as appropriate.

Money paid will go towards the gas to transport the kayaks, etc. If you come for only the day you will need to pay a $10 parking fee at the resort or park on the highway and walk in.

If you want to spend Friday and Saturday nights your arrangements are on your own and not a club sponsored event, but there is a Forest Service campground right next to Meeks Bay (so you can walk in to the beach and not pay the parking fee) and lots of hotels all around the lake.


three nights camping, hiking, (and on your own if you make reservations in advance, a climbing lesson) at Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite. .

Usually right after the six week summer session. previously $21 members, $31 other students.

Tenaya Lake group 2004:

The book Yosemite Wildflower Trails says this about Tuolumne: “Those who know it best will tell you that here the Sierra attains its ultimate perfection of mountain grandeur. Near the source of eternal snows on the peaks, icy streams flash down the mountain slopes to linger a while in the grassy meanders or lush meadows, trailing garlands of wildflowers along their banks. Many lakes, from the smallest of rocky tarns to those filling ancient glacial valleys, lie in grass-rimmed splendor reflecting the sky, the clouds and the crags.”

We plan to take a day (probably Tuesday) go to the top or near the top of Mount Hoffman (10,850′), the geographical center of the park. This does not require rock climbing skills, but does require an early start to miss possible afternoon thunderstorms.

We might bring the De Anza owned kayaks and plan to be out on Tenaya Lake for morning sunrise sightseeing, races, or…? (No kayaking experience is needed.)

We also plan to continue the lifetime quest for the perfect swimming hole. (The Dana and Lyell forks of the Tuolumne River come down from the peaks and meet near the campground, then the river winds through the meadow.)

The Tuolumne Rangers do very good nature walks. The climbing school is based in Tuolumne in the summer, but please try to get a reservation in advance, people on previous trips have been disappointed who tried to sign up when they got to Tuolumne. Stargazing at Tuolumne is great.

People must sign up in person in advance .
We have a limited number of kayaks, so it’s first-signed-up, first dibs on a kayak. Unless we have a small turnout, you must share a kayak.

Lots more details are at: Tuolumne trip

Tuolumne river water polo Alan Ahlstrand.:


some summers: camping at D. L. Bliss State Park at Lake Tahoe and kayaking in Emerald Bay.

em bay kayaks: In the foreground, club kayaks and kayakers on beach at Emerald Bay. In the background, paddlewheel tourboat on the water.

The main activity on this trip will be an all day eight-mile round trip kayak along the lake shore and into Emerald Bay. You must have long distance kayaking experience with the club to participate, which even beginners can get on our spring break ocean kayak day trip to Monterey. OR you can go on a shorter orientation to the kayaks and pass a swim test of 20 twenty-five yard laps of freestyle or breastroke in 15 minutes or less.

For Tahoe kayaking we all paddle in one large group that stays together.

People must sign up in person in advance .
We have a limited number of kayaks, so it’s first-signed-up, first dibs on a kayak. Unless we have a small turnout, you must share a kayak.

We can fit 50 people camping, but only have kayaks for 20. Cost in 2005 was $35 for members who kayak and camp, $45 for other students who kayak and camp, $15 for members who only camp and $25 for other students who only camp. $20 of the kayak and camp fee will be credited towards a future club trip, within one year, for those who help with any needed kayak loading/unloading before, during and/or after the trip.

This price compares well to local Tahoe companies that offer kayak day trips for $65 to $85 (3 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours).

We have space for eight vehicles at the site, so the eight largest carpools can park at the campsite, all others must park at day use (a short walk from the campsite). Each vehicle must pay a park entrance fee ($5 daily??).

For more information (and pictures) about this trip go to Tahoe trip


mallard and chick swimming

Answers to most questions about how the club works are at: Outdoor Club Basic Info
The main rules common to most of our trips, including who is eligible to go, are at: Outdoor Club trip rules.

Carpools are arranged among the students going on the trips, not by the club or the college. For info on how to get/give a ride and links to advice on how to do basic maintenance to get your car ready for a club trip go to Carpool FAQs

Road trip advice and etiquette

De Anza College home games also has links to student recitals, dance performances, art exhibitions and more.

Any club member can propose and plan a club event. For details click on this link: Club Trip Leader Job Description

The Outdoor Club is a completely volunteer organization, neither the officers nor the advisor are paid. As a result you will not get the same ‘service’ from us as from a professional group. We do not have the time to return phone calls or emails from people asking questions that they could have found the answers to by simply looking through this website. We can’t always find a way to sign up people who can’t make it to our regular meetings, to a class when we are there, or to a table we have on campus. If none of the times we have available for signups are convenient for you, we don’t have enough people to be able to meet personally with you and sign you up. People who wait until the last minute to sign up are sometimes left out. Please don’t e-mail the club advisor (this website) as I don’t have the time to answer club info requests, just look around the pages.


Years ago the college made the Outdoor Club remove a Facebook page that some club members had made without consulting the club Executive Board (officers), and did not maintain.
So now the De Anza College Outdoor Club does not have a Facebook page.
Anything you find about the De Anza Outdoor Club on Facebook is not endorsed or sponsored by the De Anza Outdoor Club, De Anza College or the De Anza Foothill District.


drawing of mountains, lakes, birds, flora and fauna


If there are a multitude of items on the ballot and you only vote on one of them, your vote will still be counted.

If you are homeless, including living out of your car, you can register to vote.

There is no literacy requirement.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register to vote and you will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.

The main deadline to register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election.

If you are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the same-day voter registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location.

BUT you can register to vote on election day as well.

You can register to vote online, (using a computer, iPad, tablet or smartphone) at http://registertovote.ca.gov

There actually have been elections that ended in a tie, in part because many people did not vote.

From Rock The Vote: “Millennials have the potential to be the largest voting bloc in our country but are voting at a fraction of their size, with an estimated 30 million young people staying home in 2012.”

section of US Flag stars and stripes